Plan Your Visit
Heading to Gippsland to visit the Archibald Prize 2021? Check out the travel information below, as well as tourism content to enhance your visit to the region.

Where is the art?

The Gippsland Art Gallery is located at 13 Grand Canal Drive, Sale, in Wellington Shire Council.

Sale sits on the traditional lands of the Gunaikurnai people in Gippsland.

Port of Sale (Wellington Centre) exterior.

Exploring art by car?

Sale is located 187 kms from inner Melbourne, a 2 hour and 40 minute drive along the M1 highway.

There are petrol stops along the way, and the highway allows access to the regional hubs of Warragul and Traralgon on the way to Sale.

There is ample parking in Sale’s town centre, and extensive parking options available on Grand Canal Drive - including accessible parking to visit the Archibald Exhibition.

Port of Sale information desk.

Exploring art by train?

Sale can be accessed on the VLine network, connecting Gippsland to Melbourne and beyond.

Monday to Friday there is train leaving Southern Cross station at 7.16am, arriving in Sale at 10.21am; and a 1.24pm Southern Cross train that arrives in Sale at 4.26pm.

On Saturday and Sunday there is a train leaving Southern Cross Station at 7.54am arriving in Sale at 10.45am, and a 12.21pm Southern Cross train arriving in Sale at 3.25pm.

All trains that arrive at the Sale Train Station will be met by our free Archie Bus to take you to the Gippsland Art Gallery.

Please view the below link for additional information on making your journey by VLine.

Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.

The Art Bar

Open for the duration of the Archibald Prize, the Art Bar is operated by The Dock Espresso and looks out at the picturesque Port of Sale. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat or relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the buzz of the Archibald Prize.

As the exhibition has concluded, the Art Bar is no longer in operation.

The Archie Bus

Running every hour, the Archie Bus enables you to access the whole of Sale, and was free to use during the Archibald Exhibition.

As the exhibition has concluded, the Archie Bus is no longer in operation.

Staying local? Explore the Middle of Everywhere

Sale and the Gippsland region is rich in history, landscape and culture, and every town and district offers a unique experience of our wild, eastern land.

If you are staying in and around Sale and Wellington Shire Council, head over to The Middle Of Everywhere and discover boutique accommodation options, local food and beverage offerings and hidden gems that are worth discovering for yourself.

There is also the option to curate you own visitor package experience.

Local winery.

Staying a little longer? Explore the greater Gippsland region

Gippsland covers a large area of eastern Victoria, spanning from the mouth of the Snowy River to the southern wilds of Wilson’s Promontory.

Whether you’d like to go for a hike, visit wineries and breweries, go coastal or just get lost, make the most of this region while you’re here for the Archibald Prize.

More information to plan your own adventure can be found on the Visit Gippsland website.

Suspension bridge at Tarra Bulga National Park.

Want to see more art in Gippsland? The Gippsland Arts Trail…

Warragul Region Arts Trail

Explore artist studios across Baw Baw Shire Council.

As you travel through Baw Baw Shire on the way to Sale, why not make a few stops at artist studios as a part of the Warragul Region Arts Trail?

Open by appointment, simply call ahead and meet makers and artists such as sculptor Laurie Collins, Sue Acheson, Phil Henshall and Helen Timbury Design, and small galleries such as Station Gallery and Community Arts Hub Yarram, Baw Baw Arts Alliance, and the Serigraph Gallery.

The trail showcases 16 artists who have studios throughout Baw Baw Shire – a perfect way to explore the region whilst acquiring new works for your collection.

For more information and contact details for each artist and studio, visit Warragul Region Art Trail - Visit Baw Baw.

Helen Tinby design.

Image: Helen Timbury Design.

Stratford Arts Trail

The Stratford Arts Trail is a 3km interactive experience created in 2012. It is an all abilities adventure in art, music and children’s discovery.

Further information may be found via the Shakespeare of the River Festival website.

50 Years: 50 Artists

11 September to 12 December 2021

50 Years: 50 Artists is a major exhibition to celebrate 50 years of Latrobe Regional Gallery. The show will feature works from Latrobe Regional Gallery collection by artists who have made a significant contribution to the development of art in Gippsland. The exhibition will also include artworks borrowed from artists who are living or working in Gippsland. The final group of artists will be three artists commissioned to create new work for inclusion in the exhibition.

The exhibition is forward-looking with an eye to the future and with an emphasis on contemporary art.

138 Commercial Road, Morwell, Victoria
P: (03) 5128 5700

Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 4pm. Free entry.